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Essence, 1) existence, life: “love in twain had the e. but in one,” Phoen. 26 (== had but one life). “she is my e.” Gentl. III, 1, 182 (the cause of my life). “his glassy e.” Meas. II, 2, 120. 2) a being: “her honour is an e. that's not seen,” Oth. IV, 1, 16.
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